CHICAGO (CBS) — Women undergoing drug counseling and their children are among some 250 people being served a three-course meal at a well-known Chicago steak house today.
Gibson’s managing partner Johnnie Colletti says this is the fourth year the restaurant has teamed-up with Catholic Charities to bus the needy to their Chicago location on North Rush Street.
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On the menu this New Year’s Day: shrimp cocktail, salad, tip steak and roasted chicken or broiled salmon. The sides are mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and chipotle roasted corn, along with assorted desserts, drinks and coffee.
The food has all been donated by Gibson’s.
Colletti says everyone working today, including all the wait staff and chefs, are volunteering their time to be there. No one is getting paid. That is significant, especially when you consider that everyone who works for the company worked on New Year’s Eve. Chefs returned at 6am New Year’s Day for this. Others arrived at 10 a.m.
Each guest was bused to Gibson’s for a 12:00 lunch.
Women from the “Forever Free” drug counseling shelter told WBBM Newsradio how especially grateful they are to be there.
Each guest is also going home with a goody bag including warm winter clothing, tooth brushes and toys for their children.